Geoffrey Canada is a game changer, says The Huffington Post. The news site just released its top 100 “Game Changers,” people who are making a difference in the world and the way we see it. They divided their choices into twelve sections. Canada currently ranks first among “Impact” selections, focused on philanthropists and activists.
The program starts with “Baby College,” where new parents are educated on brain development while offered free family counseling and a free health clinic. From there, there are educational programs for children at every age while they’re in and out of school. Some students will eventually move on to the program’s charter schools, while others stay in public school but are still supported by the organization’s programs all the way through college. Participation in the program is free.
“These boys are failing, but I believe that it is the responsibility of the adults around them to turn these trajectories around,” Canada said. “All of us must ensure that we level the playing field for the hundreds of thousands of children who are at risk of continuing the cycle of generational poverty. The key to success is education.”
President Obama called Canada’s plan “an all-encompassing, all-hands-on-deck, anti-poverty effort that is literally saving a generation of children.”
Look for Canada this fall in the much-anticipated education documentary Waiting for Superman by Davis Guggenheim, the director of An Inconvenient Truth.